VRPS Board of Directors

2017 President

LaTanya Turner, CPRP
Isle of Wight Co. Parks & Recreation

Executive Director

  James C. Stutts, CAE, CPRP, Executive Director

Welcome to the Virginia Recreation and Park Society, a private non-profit professional organization based in Richmond, and serving members throughout the commonwealth. Founded in 1953, incorporated in 1956, the Society's mission is "to unite all professionals, students, and interested lay persons engaged in the field of recreation, parks and other leisure services in the Commonwealth of Virginia into one body." The Society has a number of fine goals and membership services as well as a dedicated Central Office staff. I hope you will take a minute to review each of these to get a better understanding of the valuable work that the Society undertakes.

If I can ever be of any assistance, please don't hesitate to contact me.

2017 Board of Directors

LaTanya Turner, CPRP
Isle of Wight Co. Parks & Recreation
Work:  757-357-5951

Vice President
Kirk Kincannon, CPRP
Fairfax County Park Authority
Work:  703-324-8584

Aaron Reidmiller, CPRP
Hopewell Recreation & Parks
Work: 804-541-2353 x201

Lay Member
Rita Miller
Virginia Department of Health
Work: 804-864-7897

Board Member
Doug Blount
Roanoke Co. Parks, Recreation & Tourism
Work: 540-387-6061

Board Member
Arlana Fauntleroy, CPRP
James City County Parks & Recreation
Work: 757-259-5377

Board Member
Blythe Russian
NOVA Parks
Work: 703-359-4624 (221)

Board Member
Bill Sgrinia, CPRP
Danville Parks, Recreation and Tourism
Work: 434-799-5200

Board Member
Jane Shelhorse
Fredericksburg Parks, Rec & Public Facilities
Work: 540-372-1086 (209)

Board Member
Margaret Thorne
City of Portsmouth
Work: 757-393-8481 (4102)

Executive Director
Jim Stutts, CAE, CPRP
Virginia Recreation and Park Society
Work: 804-730-9447


VRPS Board:  board@vrps.com

Executive Board:  exboard@vrps.com

Committee Leadership and Board Liaisons:  Key Leaders Table.


Important VRPS Leadership Opportunities Available

The Virginia Recreation and Park Society Nominations and Elections Committee is soliciting suggestions/nominations of individual members to be considered for the elections slate for three professional positions on the 2018-2020 Board of Directors.  The committee is also encouraging individuals interested for the slate to submit their names and qualifications for consideration.  These opportunities consist of a three-year commitment to serve on the VRPS Board of Directors.

It must be understood that just because someone is recommended or self recommends does not automatically mean they will be chosen by the Nominations and Elections Committee to be on the ballot.  It is also important for all prospective Board members to understand that their term is for three years and that they potentially could be nominated by another Board member and subsequently elected by the Board to serve as the VRPS President anytime during their three-year term.

All candidates who are recommended for consideration or individuals wishing to be considered for the slate are required to submit the individual candidates, a resume listing their qualifications, and a brief narrative (no more than 100 words) summarizing what they can provide to the Board, specific goals they may have, their specific involvement in VRPS, and the vision they have for the future for the Society.  The narratives submitted for consideration will be used on the ballot for the selected candidates.  All of this information is required to be received at the VRPS Office by July 15, 2017 if sent via email to nominations@vrps.com by July 15, 2017 if postal mailed.  To learn more about the duties and responsibilities of the Board of Directors, individuals are encouraged to review the Bylaws and/or Manual of Procedures on the Society's website (www.vrps.com).

Criteria for Consideration for Nomination to the VRPS Board of Directors:

1. Available to fulfill the responsibilities and time commitment as a Board Member.
2. Knowledge of the history of the organization.
3. Sense of vision for the future of the Society
4. Past service to the Society and the profession.
5. Must be a current member of the Society who is eligible to vote.

Remember the deadline for submissions to be considered is July 15, 2017.